Duties and Responsibilities
A criminal defense attorney acts like the brain, ears, and mouth of the defendant in carrying out the legal proceedings in a court. He speaks on behalf of the accused, and represents the person charged for a crime. He considers the client's legal and constitutional rights, and tries his best to decrease or revoke the charges that have been put on the client.
He investigates and researches on all the negative and positive possibilities in the case. In the court of law, he is supposed to clearly summarize the complete case to the jury, and even provide demonstrations if needed.
He provides the accused a legal advice about answering the interrogations carried out by the police department, the prosecuting officer, or any other government authority. He needs to guide the accused during his probation or parole periods.
A Criminal Defense Attorney draws an average salary of $80,799 per year. The salary or earnings may vary depending upon the facility and state the person is employed in. It also depends largely on the years of experience, the attorney's public reputation, and the type of client.
If these professionals work as public defenders or district attorneys, they may get a yearly remuneration between $40,393 - $98,662 and $50,804 - $147,247 respectively.